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Linkage: 8/16/09

Have you joined The Classical Guitar Network yet? In other, “what Chris is up to,” news, I started a new website where I’m planning to write about things that fall outside the scope of the CG blog. In addition to all that, I’ve been doing a ton of reading. Notes from the books I’ve read can be found on christopherguitar.net/reading/.

Former Classical Guitar Blog interviewee Perfecto de Castro has just released a new recording titled Caparison. The album features arrangements of Bach and Dvorak and guitar classics by Tarrega and Barrios.

Guitarist and CG blog reader Bobber recently made a guitar investigation trip. You can read his review of Kenny Hill, Ramirez and Cervantes guitars.

Professional guitarists with websites and wanting to sell some CDs or create new fans or subscribers should check out this Google Website Optimizer Case Study. Where you put things on your homepage matters, and there are free tools out there to help you test. So test!

Problogger posted a great article on keeping your fingers healthy. A lot of us do a lot of typing and computer sitting; we want to keep our fingers, hands and wrists healthy for our guitar activities! The article includes a brief description of common ailments and some exercises to do while at your computer. The finger circles could be a great warm up before sitting down to practice.

In the world of music business, innovation is a given. Several record labels are working a new digital album format. I wonder when art music is going to start keeping up with these new developments.

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